Buster Keaton gets a beat courtesy of the tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus

Just about every year for the last number of years, the San Francisco International Film Festival has shown a silent film accompanied by contemporary musicians performing an original score.

Among others, the SFIFF has presented 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) with Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, joined by Daniel Handler on accordion; The Lost World (1925) with the Cambodian pop group Dengue Fever; The Golem (1920) with Pixies front man Black Francis; The Phantom Carriage (1921) with the legendary Jonathan Richman; Street Angel (1928) with the alt rock American Music Club; Sunrise (1927) with Lambchop; and the Japanese silent, A Page of Madness (1926), with the indie band Superchunk.

Buster Keaton, please meet Merrill Garbus

Buster Keaton, please meet Merrill Garbus

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